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Criminal convictions procedure

Solent University aims to provide a diverse, inclusive, supportive, and positive environment for work and study. It values the contributions of all staff and students and is committed to ensuring that the rights of individuals are respected, and that each person is treated with dignity, respect, and courtesy.

Whilst promoting equality of opportunity and a strong widening participation ethos, the University also has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for its staff and students, which includes people under the age of 18. Therefore, at the point of enrolment (and upon conviction) all prospective and current students are required to declare to the University any relevant criminal convictions (this may also include conditional cautions).

Solent University will use this information to determine:

  1. Based on the evidence provided, it is judged that the conviction on the applicants record means there is an unacceptable or unmanageable risk to the university (staff and students).
  2. For those applying to courses with a Professional Statutory and Regulatory Body (PSRB), that the applicant can meet the requirements of the professional body and can complete each course module including placements with children and/or vulnerable adults.

This procedure aims to ensure that the University balances legal obligations, as specified in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (referred to as ‘the Act’ in this procedure), with its duty of care to students, staff, and visitors. This procedure provides a fair framework for applicants and students to declare criminal convictions and where appropriate cautions in order that the University can assess with the applicant their suitability for their chosen course of study. If any prospective or current students have any concerns or questions in regard to a conviction or this procedure they can email

Please complete a conviction disclosure form and email to Daniel Inns, Deputy Head of Student Experience (Wellbeing) on: